Health & Beauty

Brighten Your Spirits With These Must-Have Self-Care Essentials

By Ranyhyn Laine
21st May 2020

Woman in a bathtub in a homely bathroom, reading a book

Self-care is the phrase on everyone’s lips these days—we’re stressed, we’re tired, we’re putting way too much pressure on ourselves to be productive in iso and to top it off, we’re letting ourselves go (just a little bit, but still). So if you’re looking to treat yourself and get in a little ‘me time,’ whether it’s giving some TLC to your skin, your hair, your creative side or your sleep sanctuary, here’s a few self-care essentials we’ve got our eye on.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm 

Cost: $33

All this bulk hand washing and the cooler weather are probably starting to take a toll on your hands. Before the cracked, flaky skin gets out of control, treat yourself to Aesop’s grease-free formulation of hydrating botanicals that will make you want to rub your hands all over your face. But don’t do that. If you did, go wash them again.

Synergie Skin Stay Home Care Pack
cost: $169

The Melbourne-based beauty geniuses at Synergie Skin have developed a super-special, limited-edition "Stay Home" pack for all of your at-home pampering needs. In it, you'll score some Australian-made hand sanitiser, pre-serum elixir, vitamin B serum and an indulgent, home-treatment mask. The set has been designed to calm, balance, restore and protect the skin during this "new normal", while offering a little pampering time too. Shop it here. 

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum 

Cost: $100

We can personally attest that this serum is worth every penny. Just a few drops each night before bed go a long way towards helping you wake up glowing. Suffering from iso skin (or just the after-effects of too much drinking)? Get hydrated with this serum.

Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask 

Cost: $93

If you’re missing your hairdresser visits, and struggling under the weight of too much dry shampoo, this cult hair mask is for you. Enriched with rare prickly pear oil, it’s designed to nourish your hair from root to tip—just try to stop running your hands through those luscious locks all day afterwards.

Beard Grooming Set 

Cost: $79.95

Gentlemen, this one is for you. If you’ve decided lockdown is the time to grow out your bed, you’ve probably discovered that those bearded bartenders apparently have to work at it. Tame your chin hairs with this set of a comb, scissors, beard brush and beard shaping tool. 

Salt By Hendrix Jade Face Roller 

Cost: $39.95

If you’ve found yourself waking up with puffy skin and dark circles under your eyes, perhaps this gorgeous face roller is the answer. It can be used for a blood circulating face massage, or to help serums and oils soak into your skin. The jade is said to promote healing and balance, but even if not, a few minutes of soothing rolling is highly therapeutic. 

Lululemon Warm Touch Jogger 

Cost: $119

So you’ve nailed the work from home lewk—business up the top, comfy on the bottom. But do your tracksuit pants have the perfect amount of slouch, stretch and breathability? If not, get your hands on these comfy joggers—you might even want to wear them outside the house. 

Lululemon Double Roller 

Cost: $49

All the sitting around all day, moving only from your desk chair to your couch, has no doubt left you with tight, sore muscles, whether you’ve been fitting in that lounge room workout or not. Do yourself a favour and release tension using this double roller, which comes in mini size and stores away inside itself for ease of storage.

Sarah’s Day Body Bloom Powder 

Cost: $67

While you might think that it’s only your outside that needs a bit of attention after weeks in iso, we’re here to tell you that your inside does too. Ingestible beauty is trending in the beauty and wellness world, and this body bloom powder is designed to promote radiant skin, nails and hair, all in one easy-to-drink powder. 

Quay Australia Blue Light Glasses

Cost: $70 

In the wake of COVID-19 and physical distancing, we’re staring at our screens more than ever before, which means more blue light intake and subsequently, difficulty sleeping. These blue light-blocking glasses will help block out the blue light so you can sleep better—and will look stylish on your Zoom calls to boot.

Sheraton Luxury Microplush Bathrobe

Cost: $25

Once you’ve towelled off, drape yourself in the fluffiest, most luxurious bathrobe you’ll ever own, and then just stay in it until bedtime. Better yet, the robes are unisex, so you can get one for your partner too, then sit around doing sheet masks together and taking self-care selfies. If you didn’t ‘Gram it, did it even happen?

Lonely Planet Sketch Journal 

Cost: $25

The purpose of this journal is three-fold: One, it will keep you occupied while you’re in iso. Two, it will get your creativity flowing, which is great for your mood, and keeping your mind sharp. Three, it will help take your mind off the fact that you were meant to be on a plane to Italy right now. Triple win.

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